Columbia University Libraries Announces Completion of New CLIO

NEW YORK, September 4, 2003 - The Libraries is pleased to introduce the newly designed CLIO, an online catalog and management system. CLIO provides access to over 92 percent of the Libraries' collections, and supports circulation, reserves, acquisitions, and cataloging activity. CLIO is used by all Morningside libraries (except Law and Teachers College) and also includes the collections of Health Sciences and Barnard libraries.

The new CLIO integrates access to library collections to a greater degree than ever before. Manuscript collections, drawings and photographs, and other archival materials are now included in the online catalog along with books, journals, music and videos. With the fall semester, all course reserve readings will also be available through CLIO. Powerful new features include 'My CLIO' to set preferences for searching and displaying results; 'Bookbag' to save search results for downloading or printing; 'Recalls/Holds' to place 'real time' requests for materials displayed in CLIO; and 'My Library Account' for information on what materials are checked out, and what fees are due.

Deputy University Librarian Patricia A. Renfro said, "We are extremely pleased to begin the new academic year with a revised online catalogue which will help users to navigate through our Libraries' vast resources."

The new CLIO will run on Voyager, from Endeavor Information Systems. Bob Wolven, Director of Library Systems said, "the staff at Endeavor were very helpful throughout the implementation process, and we benefited enormously from the experience and advice of other Voyager customers such as Yale and Cornell." Columbia is one of the first libraries to integrate Voyager with a campus-wide authentication system, allowing access to all resources and services through a single password.

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 7.5 million volumes, over 50,000 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms and other non-print formats. The collections and services are organized into 22 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines.  The Library's web site at is a gateway to the print and electronic collections and to services.

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